The lake has long since been drained, though the eagle still flies over the old island - today enormous Plaza del la Constitución (more commonly called the Zócalo) - as part of an enormous Mexican flag. The seat of government since Aztec times, the Centro Historico is surrounded by fantastic architecture from every age: the Templo Mayor, an Aztec Temple that was once North America's most important; the Metropolitan Cathedral, the largest and oldest cathedral in the hemisphere; the House of Tiles (Casa de los Azulejos); and the Torre Latinoamericana, once the tallest building in Latin America and still one of the world's largest earthquake-resistant structures. The area is also home to the Monumento a los Heroes de la Independencia.
The Historic Center stretches on for some 700 blocks with Paseo de la Reforma, a wide avenue running across the area, and is packed with museums, parks, hotels, restaurants, and nightlife options; it is more populous than many countries and a world unto itself. An afternoon's exploration offers a taste of its offerings; a lifetime would not be long enough to see it all.
The Mexico City Centro Historico (or Historic Center) is wrapped around the Zócalo, more properly called Plaza de la Constitución. While there are dozens of car parks in the area, it is more easily explored on foot, and there are several metro stops serving the region. The most convenient is the Zócalo station on Metro Line 2. Buses radiate outward along the major avenues toward the farthest reaches of the city, and taxis swarm through the congested streets. During national celebrations, such as Independence Day (September 15), the area is filled with inebriated revelers.
Tours & Tickets
See the very best of Mexico City's historical center, better known as Centro Historico on this private 5-hour tour which includes hotel pickup and ... Read more
Location: Mexico City, Mexico
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)